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October 2, 2010
Charlottesville,Va. - Florida State came away from its first road trip looking overrated and overwhelmed. Three weeks later, the 'Noles come away from their second looking like one of the hottest teams in the country and their timing couldn't be better.
FSU rolled to its third straight win in convincing fashion racing out to a 27-0 halftime lead on their way to a 34-14 thrashing of the Cavaliers (2-2, 0-1 ACC) on a sunny Saturday afternoon in front of 47,096 fans at Scott Stadium.
The Seminoles (4-1, 2-0) have now outscored their last three opponents 99-24 heading into their visit to rival Miami (3-1, 1-0 ACC) next Saturday. The Hurricanes will also have momentum heading into this game after a 30-21 win at Clemson that ended just minutes after FSU walked off the field.
FSU's defense put together another dominating performance, racking up six sacks and holding the Cavs to just 42 total yards in the first half (they finished with 304, much of which came with the outcome already sealed).
The offense was once again led by the run game, which for the first time since the 2000 season eclipsed the 200-yard rushing mark (256) for the third straight game. With the team's leading rusher Ty Jones out with a sprained ankle, Jermaine Thomas led the way with 122 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Most of the damage from Thomas came on a 70-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter that put the 'Noles up 10-0. Chris Thompson chipped in 76 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown.
Christian Ponder lofted a 15-yard touchdown pass to Willie Haulstead on FSU's next drive. Thomas later scored on a 10-yard run and after a 21-yard field goal by Hopkins, the 'Noles held a 24-0 lead at the break.
Virginia finally got on the board in the third quarter when receiver Kris Burd got wide open on a busted coverage play and turned the catch into a 76-yard touchdown.
The entire performance was the antithesis of FSU's last road trip, which resulted in a 47-17 loss at No. 8 Oklahoma on Sept. 11.
Hopkins also had a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter on his only other attempt.